Design award for EnduroKiwis at Singapore Shell Eco-Marathon
Canterbury University's little eco-car has just won a major international award for its design excellence.
The car, designed and built by a team of eight engineering students picked up the prestigious Design Award at Asian leg of the Shell Eco-Marathon in Singapore on Sunday - with the judges noting that its build quality was the best they have ever seen.
The big award as a happy end to a disappointing day for the team that has called itself EnduroKiwis, because once again technical troubles prevented it from success on track.
The team had qualified to compete in a race against other specially-built eco cars, with the top three finishers progressing to the world finals in Singapore.
After the heats the team was in fourth place - but in the final, when the car was running second or third the little red battery-electric overheated and could not finish.
But shortly after, the EnduroKiwis won the design award.
"The EnduroKiwis team won for producing a car that brought fresh thinking about recyclability to the competition," said the judges' citation.
"By entering a car largely made of a common thermoplastic, the team showed a refreshing and holistic approach to design - it chose a material that was easy to work with, light, low-cost, and easy to re-use."
The judges added the team's approach to the competition also transcended the challenge of minimising energy use, by focusing attention on how the materials we consume also have an impact on the environment.
The car's design paid due care to driver safety and comfort, and the car itself was commendably well finished and built to the highest standard seen by the judges, the citation added.
"Ultimately, the EnduroKiwi car was eye-catching enough to make passers-by stop and look, but the way it was built should also prompt observers to stop and think."